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Proposed – Gateway Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

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For those of you who have been following my blog since 2013, you know how passionate I am about the lack of safe pedestrian connections from Fort Lincoln/Gateway to the rest of the city.   We also know that it’s not just a Fort Lincoln/Gateway issue but affects surrounding neighborhoods such as Woodridge, Brentwood & Langdon.  A year and a few months later, you have elected me as your ANC Commissioner and now we have the opportunity to push for the immediate connection of our rapidly developing communities to safe, pedestrian friendly, Walking & Biking Trails.

In our last ANC 5C Meeting, I introduced a resolution that would give the residents of the Gateway Neighborhoods of Ward 5 the opportunity to have a walking & biking connection to Kenilworth Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.  This connection is vital to making the rapidly developing, car-centric community (including NY Ave.) , safely accessible to the rest of the city by alternate means of travel.  With over 300 new young families in Fort Lincoln alone, this connection will provide multi-modal options for residents who could safely bike or walk to work, provide recreational opportunities to the river, and bridges the transportation gap between the Washington Gateway neighborhoods in an environmentally friendly manner.  This connection is also aligned with the MoveDC Multimodal Transportation Plan.

In addition, the funding to making this connection a reality would be minimal because:

1. The right-of-way is already leveled and will require minor cost to configure into a walking biking trail.

2. The right-of-way travels along power poles which will minimize excavation cost for safe lighting of the trail.

3. The bridge across the Anacostia River, the most significant cost , is eliminated by placing barriers along the shoulder of the Rt. 50 overpass, similar to the 14th street bridge. This can be accomplished for only a fraction of the cost.

This resolution passed unanimously by the ANC 5C Commission and was enthusiastically received by the Developer of Fort Lincoln.  We need your help to make this a reality by contacting DDOT and letting them know that it’s time to #maketheconnection!

DC City Council Committees & Other Ward 5 Updates

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Is this end of the  Brentwood Trash Transfer Station? Click the link for the full article. – Post (Click This Link)


Ward 5 Councilman McDuffie is the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, Councilwoman Anita Bonds, D-At large Chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development , –  WBJ(Click This Link)


Ward 5 Happy Hour at Costa Brava  this Thursday @ 6:00pm  – Bloomingdale – (Click This Link)


The Washington Business Journal reports that the Hecht Warehouse District is expanding.  This development is shaping up to be a Washington Gateway landmark destination.  Below are some progress photos compared to renderings of what’s to come.   Click the link for the full story. –  WBJ ( Click This Link)

Photo by Robert Looper III
Progress Photo Of Hecht Warehouse Construction
Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering showing added Restaurant
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Aerial view of the Pappas Building between Okie & Fenwick Streets – The Red brick Warehouse
Photo Credit WBJ
Okie Street Rendering of the Pappas Building
Photo by Robert Looper III
Rail Tracks behind the Pappas Building
Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering of Rail tracks behind the Pappas Building

The future of the Blog

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As of December 3, 2014, I was officially elected the new ANC Commissioner of Fort Lincoln SMD 5C03.  I have decided to maintain this site as the primary vehicle for dispersing information to the community in lieu of maintaining two sites.

I have updated the look of the site and made it easier to navigate.  The menu bar is now on the top of the page to make it easier locate previous posts and features new tabs such as  “Looper’s World” where I  take my own ideas and visions and model them in 3D mostly for fun.

In closing, this site has and always will be privately paid for and maintained and any views or opinions expressed are my own.   As always, thanks for all of your support and I look forward to an exciting 2015!

Sincerely,

Robert Looper III, ANC Commissioner-Elect 5C03

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Construction Update – Cityscape at Dakota Crossing

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Site Clearing for Cityscape at Dakota Crossing has commenced.   The new townhome development previously known as the Banneker Site is directly across from Fort Lincoln Park and along Fort Lincoln Drive. As stated in my previous post, these are going to be high-end townhomes. After speaking with the developer today I was informed that these homes will set you back somewhere between $650,000 and $699-999 if you get in early (…Lesson Learned) .  Construction on the townhomes will start early 2015;  the Models Homes will be open in the spring of 2015.

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Construction Updates Along The Gateway

Construction is steadily progressing at some development sites and breaking ground at others, here’s the latest on the  Hecht Warehouse District:

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The Hecht District is moving full speed ahead with the structure of the 1000 Car parking Garage which appears to be nearing  substantial completion.  Updated renderings on Douglas Development’s Website suggest that a pet store  as well as other clothing retailers will join the confirmed Moms Organic Market.

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Construction Update May 2014

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Construction Update July 2014

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Rendering of Final Design(Courtesy of Douglas Development)

The conversion of the existing warehouse to loft apartments is also progressing with renderings  suggesting the Planet Fitness will occupy the Okie Street Entrance.

Construction Update May 2014 Looking West on Okie Street

 

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Construction Update July 2014 Looking West on  Okie Street

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Rendering of Final Design(Courtesy of Douglas Development) – Looking West on Okie Street

Traffic Options From The Shops

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Our ANC Commissioner stated that there would be a meeting two weeks after the ANC Meeting to address traffic. I have not heard anything on that meeting (not surprised) so I will step up and get this information to the proper individuals at DDOT.
The map above represents potential options for diverting Route 50 traffic directly back to that interstate preventing congestion of neighborhood streets:

The RED represents a bridge that would cross over the South Dakota Avenue exit and ramp onto either 50 East or 50 West.

The YELLOW represents an exit from market street back to the South Dakota Ave. Exit with access back to 50 West or 50 East via V Street ( with an obvious street redesign) (Thanks to a neighbor for that idea)

The GREEN represents drivers turning left from Market Street onto Fort Lincoln Drive. Turning the Fort Lincoln Drive exit to a 2-direction street and having cars get back on to South Dakota Ave. and connect with the Yellow option.

These are just ideas, what are your thoughts?

 

ANC 5C03 Elections (Petition for Nomination)

 

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After a lot of deliberation, I have decided to complete the Nomination Application for ANC Commissioner for Fort Lincoln! We need swift resolution to a plethora of issues as well as planning initiatives with several city departments. It takes a certain level of competence to work through the complex issues, passion for Fort Lincoln to bring closure to long standing problems and the willingness to listen and work with our residents whether you are a Senior, a long time resident or new to the community. I am ready to take this challenge head-on and start to bring the significant yet gradual change to residents of Fort Lincoln. We deserve the same level of Respect, Attentiveness, and Amenities as any other neighborhood in the city and I will demand it from our City Officials. I have what it takes to facilitate, organize, and execute these issues and I need your help to get it done. I will be going door to door in the next few days, respectfully requesting your signature to run for the next ANC Commissioner for Fort Lincoln ANC 5C03.

Together we can stop the cycle of prolonged excuses and make Fort Lincoln the example of what a great community should be!

Yours Truly,
Robert Looper III “RL3”

New Layout for the Shops @ Dakota Crossing? Before & After Proposals

 

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Construction at The Shops at Dakota Crossing has yet to restart and the proposal below may be the key reason why.  I’ve always believed that opening Ft Lincoln Drive to the Shops next toLowes would not fix the traffic problem.  The volume of Costco traffic would easily congest that portion of the road .  The new Multi-Family Development shows a new and more functional layout for the Shops at Dakota Crossing.  I’m not sure if this will be the official design, however, I was informed 3 weeks ago that the DDOT permit was not yet approved and  this could be the reason why.


Previous Retail Proposal

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The previous (or current) layout for the shops features a main street with the smaller retail buildings on one side of the street.  It shows one large parking lot for Costco, and another large parking lot to serve the remaining shopping center.  Costco traffic currently creates congestion along the main street which will only worsen with the opening of Lowes and the other smaller retail.  Even with the second entrance from Ft Lincoln Drive,  Lowes would create its own congestion essentially bringing traffic to a halt.

Current Retail Proposal ( As shown in the BZA Application for the Multi-Family Development)

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The layout included with the BZA Application splits the smaller retail on two sides of the main street which is similar to proposals from 2006.  This new layout isolates  traffic for Costco, Lowes, and the other larger retail from the Main street.  It also creates smaller parking lots for the smaller retail making it more walkable.  In addition, it creates two  separate exits from Route 50; one to the “Costco” Gas station and the other to the Main Street, which would also alleviate traffic congestion.  I’m not sure if this is the official plan but I believe it is a much better layout than what’s currently designed.  Also putting shops on two sides of the main street creates a more natural street scape and doesn’t look like a staged movie set.


New Residential Development Changes

Previous Residential Proposal

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The previous Multi-Family Development Proposal is more of a juxtaposition than a revision to the current proposal and may leave some residents in the Villages feeling like they’ve been mislead when purchasing their home.  The previous proposal featured a significant tree buffer with mature trees which creates a more natural separation for the new development which was a selling point to many residents when purchasing on CJ. Barney Drive.  It also only featured 6 Apartment Buildings with 352 units and a awful parking lot around the perimeter.  The previous development is a bad design however, the natural tree buffer made it palatable because no one would have to see it.

Current Residential Proposal

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The current proposal indicates a much better traffic pattern and will now feature townhomes in addition to the apartments.  The townhomes appear to be a NV Product which is a luxury home builder and parent company to Ryan Homes.  They also feature both roof top and rear decks which would be a first in the community.  The apartment look to be a garden style edition of the two Towers on Fort Lincoln Drive.  They are horrid in my opinion and must be redesigned, they architecture is uninspired and is not of the same Architectural consistency of the townhomes.  It looks like government housing next to luxury homes and is situated in the most prominent location.  The natural tree buffer has been completely annihilated and will be replaced with new trees.  The Wetlands is protected so the retaining pond and wild vegetation growth will remain.  I’m sure the frogs, turtles and birds will be happy to know that. It also may worth noting that there is are no parks or open space associated with this development.  All things considered I think its a good improvement on the original proposal.